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Salvato: A Better Relationship with the World?

By Frank Salvato

As then first-term US Senator Barack Obama campaigned for the presidency, one of the pledges he made to the American public – and the world – was that an Obama presidency would repair the reputation of the United States with the nations of the world. Mr. Obama vowed to “reject the counsel that says the American people would rather have someone who is strong and wrong than someone who is weak and right,” as he outlined a list of actions he would take to mend what he perceived to be America’s deprecated stature in the international community. Today, as we approach the end of President Obama’s term, it can be argued, that not only has America’s credibility with those who quest for freedom been tarnished but our stature in the world has been diminished.

In situation after situation on issue after issue, be it with friend and ally or foe, Mr. Obama has left the world community disappointed in his administration’s failure to live up to his campaign rhetoric. Indeed, it is as if Mr. Obama was advancing assurances for the purpose of marketing his candidacy rather than outlining an Obama Administration foreign policy.

One of the predominant issues for Mr. Obama, regarding foreign policy, was the relationship between the United States and Iran. During his inauguration, Mr. Obama said his administration would “extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist,” referring to the ruling Islamists who lord over the Iranian people. But as the Iranian mullahs’ “clenched fist” came thundering down on the pro-freedom Green movement, complete with public beatings, mass imprisonments and killings, it was as if Mr. Obama’s bluff had been called. As President Obama declared his administration’s unwillingness to ally with the freedom fighters, saying the United States would not “meddle in Iranian elections,” Iranian freedom fighters, through every avenue available, literally begged for US assistance in overthrowing a torturously oppressive regime that illegitimately came to power through violence.

To say that the pro-freedom movement of Iran was betrayed by the Obama Administration would be to state the obvious. To say that America’s credibility with the still oppressed and terrorized freedom loving people of Iran has been diminished would be an understatement.

Today, as the Iranian mullahs move ever closer to attaining an arsenal of nuclear weapons, their tyrannical influence is expanding throughout the Middle East, most evidently in Syria where, today, Iranian Revolutionary Guard soldiers and Hezbollah foreign agents have “boots on the ground,” their calling card being scores of dead civilians – including women, children and entire families – who dared to quest for freedom; who dared to oppose the puppet regime of Bashar Assad.

With regard to Pakistan, who existed as a reluctant but declared ally in the military action against the Taliban and al Qaeda during the Bush Administration, Mr. Obama pledged to:

“...make the hundreds of millions of dollars in US military aid to Pakistan conditional...[and to] make our conditions clear: Pakistan must make substantial progress in closing down the training camps, evicting foreign fighters, and preventing the Taliban from using Pakistan as a staging area for attacks in Afghanistan.”

But, to date, the only official action to affect any aid to Pakistan comes from Congress. In fact, today, the Obama Administration continues to expound on the importance of Pakistan’s alliance with the United States even as Pakistan allows the Taliban – and by extension al Qaeda – free reign in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas between Pakistan and Afghanistan, and even as Pakistan imprisons and tortures Dr. Shakil Afridi, the CIA operative who made it possible for US Navy SEAL Team VI to end Osama bin Laden.

Today, the United States’ relationship with Pakistan is so strained it is impossible to know whether Pakistan is friend or foe.

Candidate Obama eagerly courted the American Jewish vote, as is evidenced by these two campaign statements:

“Let there be no doubt: I will always keep the threat of military action on the table to defend our security and our ally Israel.”

“As president, I will implement a memorandum of understanding that provides $30 billion in assistance to Israel over the next decade, investments to Israel’s security that will not be tied to any other nation.”

Additionally, Mr. Obama’s “Blueprint for Change” states:

“He will make a sustained push -- working with Israelis and Palestinians -- to achieve the goal of two states, a Jewish state in Israel and a Palestinian state, living side by side in peace and security.”

And yet, Mr. Obama has routinely sided with the Palestinian faction, inviting Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas through the front door of the White House, while making Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu enter the White House through a side entrance. During the latter visit, Mr. Obama wouldn’t even share dinner with Mr. Netanyahu and his team, instead serving them a meal they could not consume for religious reasons.

As reported at,

“For a head of state to visit the White House and not pose for photographers is rare. For a key ally to be left to his own devices while the President withdraws to have dinner in private was, until this week, unheard of.

“Yet that is how Binyamin Netanyahu was treated by President Obama on Tuesday night, according to Israeli reports on a trip seen in Jerusalem tonight as a disastrous humiliation.

“After failing to extract a written promise of concessions on Jewish settlements, Mr. Obama walked out of his meeting with Mr. Netanyahu but invited him to stay at the White House, consult with advisors and ‘let me know if there is anything new,’ a US congressman who spoke to the Prime Minister said today.

“‘It was awful,’ the congressman said. One Israeli newspaper called the meeting ‘a hazing in stages,’ poisoned by such mistrust that the Israeli delegation eventually left rather than risk being eavesdropped on a White House phone line. Another said that the Prime Minister had received ‘the treatment reserved for the President of Equatorial Guinea’...”

To say that there is no love lost between Mr. Obama and Mr. Netanyahu, well...

Mr. Obama, who just a scant four years ago took to stages in Europe to cheering crowds who believed his declaration of being a “citizen of the world,” took to lecturing the leaders and people of the European Union over the financial crisis gripping that Continent saying,

“So they are going through a financial crisis that is scaring the world, and they are trying to take responsible actions, but those actions haven’t been quite as quick as they need to be.”

Europeans, and especially the financially level-headed Germans, took the offensive rhetoric as a chance to verbalize their disappointment with Mr. Obama and his Administration:

“Obama’s lecture on the euro overbearing, arrogant and absurd...In a nutshell, he is claiming that Europe is to blame for the current financial crisis, which is ‘scaring the world.’ Excuse me?

“The American president seems to have forgotten a few details. The most important trigger of the financial and economic crisis was US banks and their insane real-estate dealings. The US is still piling up debt...The American Congress is crippled by a battle between the Right and the Left. The banks are gambling just as recklessly as they did before the crisis. The President's scolding is a pathetic attempt to distract attention from his own failures. How embarrassing.”

Of course, now with a Socialist in control of the French government, there is always hope for good relations with France.

Even on targeted issues like the genocide in Darfur, of specific concern to Obama rainmaker George Clooney, Mr. Obama has been pathetically ineffective. Where Mr. Obama said he would take immediate steps to end the genocide in Darfur, today Sharia Law, a judicial system where women are stoned to death for perceived acts of adultery, has been imposed across Sudan, as Islamist fundamentalists and jihadists wreck havoc across the country.

On issue after issue, whether it is US relations with China, who owns such a gigantic portion of US foreign debt that they can routinely shrug off US State Department condemnations on human rights atrocities and politically motivated oppression, or Russian President Vladimir Putin’s opulent demonization of the United States in a bid to cast himself relevant with the Russian voters, Mr. Obama has proven to be not only ineffective on foreign policy he has proven to be weak, thus denigrating American influence around the world and dimming the light of liberty for the oppressed globally.

So, as we head into the November elections, we should all look to the facts of the matter – the policy failures, inaction where action were warranted and action where inaction should have prevailed, the mistreatment and alienation of allies, etc. – when we hear the mainstream media parrot the propaganda of David Axelrod, David Plouffe and Valerie Jarrett, that Mr. Obama has been a blessing to US foreign policy and America’s stature around the world.

This isn’t a political statement; it is simply a statement of fact: Mr. Obama has been a miserable failure on foreign policy. Whether this was intentional or the product of incompetence remains to be discovered.


Frank Salvato is the Executive Director for BasicsProject.orgMr. Salvato is available for public speaking engagements. He can be contacted at

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  1. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    June 5, 2012 @ 7:35 am

    In three and a half short years this President’s vision of an emasculated America has come to pass. He has transformed a once strong united nation of manifest destiny into a weak divided dependent collective of warring states of confusion, fighting over the scraps and left-overs of what was built by those who came before, dependent and heavily in debt to fellow socialist lender nations like China who now owns us and our children’s futures. He has changed positions both domestically and internationally, so many times to twist in the wind of pandering to the prevailing political winds of the American electorate in non-stop campaign mode, absent any attempt at leadership, that even our enemies, not to mention our former allies, are confused as to what America stands for and what’s coming next to promote his rule of perpetual campaigning and political showmanship.

    Obama’s claim that the Europeans are responsible for the current financial crisis is only correct to the point they have embraced the very Obama socialist ideology of entitlement without commensurate work that Obama embraces, and would pollute our own American economy with a similar madness of taxing, borrowing and spending beyond ones means. Just how many times can one President get it wrong, to the point where he abdicates American leadership ideas to people of the like of a Nancy Pelosi , Harry Reid or a Hillary Clinton who get it wrong even more often?

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  2. bobnipComment by bobnip
    June 5, 2012 @ 9:12 am

    Remember when Obama took a large group of followers with him to campaign in Europe for the summer olympics to be held in Chicago? He thought his grand appearance would be enough to swoon the committee into granting that happening. The result was the US didn’t even make the final three.

    His pathetic narcissistic view of himself is an exploration into mental illness. And, unfortunately the American people (about half)have fallen for his BS. Europeans have not fallen for it at all. Newspapers there, especially in England and Germany, depict a cartoon-type character- an idiot, full of himself, indulgent on raping America of her greatness and standing in the world.

    He has insulted our allies, catered to our enemies, and left every one of them wondering what America’s foreign policies are. The blame is not his alone. Hillary Clinton is behind a lot of the damage done. Remember that when Bill turns on Obama and attempts to position his slimy wife for becoming America’s next Marxist leader.

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  3. cxComment by genesal
    June 5, 2012 @ 9:43 am

    I’d like to build the world a home
    And furnish it with love
    Grow apple trees and honey bees
    And snow-white turtle doves

    I’d like to teach the world to sing
    In perfect harmony
    I’d like to hold it in my arms
    And keep it company

    I’d like to see the world for once
    All standing hand in hand
    And hear them echo through the hills
    For peace throughout the land

    Many happy regards,

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      June 5, 2012 @ 10:30 am

      They’d like to buy the world some coke and smoke in harmony,,,,while the people of reality stay sober and earn honest livings, sans socialism, sans multi-cultural Utopias that never existed in the first place.

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  4. NY GrahamComment by NY Graham
    June 5, 2012 @ 11:47 am

    “Whether this was intentional or the product of incompetence remains to be discovered”

    This is a question I frequently ask myself. Is Obama really this utterly incompetent? He certainly has no experience or training to draw from, and his intellect was clearly exaggerated by the media. Or is this a deliberate attempt to destroy the USA? I can’t believe that someone would do this, but the evidence continues to mount that it is intentional. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

    Perhaps the truth is that he is deliberately trying to convert the US into a socialist European-like state ruled by layer upon layer of unaccountable bureaucrats, and it is only his incompetence that is saving us right now.

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    • geoinsdComment by geoinsd
      June 5, 2012 @ 7:13 pm

      I believe Obama knows exactly what he is doing, even his economy depressing actions and policies. The thing is that most reasonable people do not share his Marxist anti-colonial vision and think he is just incompetent.

      The fools that cheer on his wealth distribution do not understand that he wants to do so on a global scale, not just within the US. He seems to believe that economics is a zero sum game: if there are winners there are necessarily losers and vice versa. So if he holds down the US economy by restricting the supply of cheap energy and other ways, he believes the economies of the poorer nations will necessarily rise. It is “fair”. Read Dinesh D’Sousa’s book on Obama. He makes convincing arguments and they do seem to fit together.

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  5. cxComment by genesal
    June 5, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

    At least I don’t have to buy any more ipecac while this administration is in office.

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  6. geoinsdComment by geoinsd
    June 5, 2012 @ 6:19 pm

    I am sure the president of Equatorial Guinea, or anyone else, would be treated far better. Obama clearly and deliberately insulted Mr. Netanyahu. That is very unbecoming a president of the United States. Who elected that joker?

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